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Standing Committee Hearings

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – Saturday, January 31, 2015


House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products (Room 31)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  15 minutes after Floor Introductions
    NOFA-Vermont
      Erin Buckwalter, Community Food Security and Direct Marketing Coordinator, NOFA VT 
      Sam Fuller, Technical Assistance Administrator, NOFA - Vermont 
  11:30 AM H.27 - An act relating to implementation of best management practices
      Rep. Bob Krebs, House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources 
  2:30 PM Miscellaneous Tax Bill
    Agricultural fees
      Devon Green, Special Counsel for Tax Legislation, Agency of Administration 
  3:30 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Julie Moore, Water Resources Engineer, Stone Environmental, Inc. 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM H.52 - An act relating to exceptions for inspection of poultry slaughtering
      Rep. Patti Komline,  
      Andrea Stander, Executive Director, Rural Vermont 
      Cameron Wood, Office of Legislative Council 
      Randy Quenneville, Section Chief, Meat Inspection Section, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
  10:00 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture 
      Marli Rupe, Agriculture Water Quality Specialist, Department of Environmental Conservation 
      Chris Cole, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Transportation 
  15 minutes after Floor H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Lake Champlain Basin Program
      Bill Howland, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Basin Program 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  10:00 AM Vermont Farm Show
    Dairy Update, 10 AM -12 Noon Bissonette Room
  12:00 PM Vermont Farm Show
    Dairy Luncheon Pavilion Building
  4:00 PM Farm to School
    Event in Cafeteria, 4-6 PM
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  15 minutes after Floor Vermont Technical College
    Update
      Chris Dutton, Associate Professor, Vermont Technical College 
  11:00 AM University of Vermont
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
      Thomas Vogelmann, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
      Josie Davis, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
  12:45 PM Committee Discussion
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Linda Leehman at 828-2233
 


House Committee on Appropriations (Room 42)

Monday, January 26, 2015
  10:30 AM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    General Government
      Tim Noonan, Executive Director, Labor Relations Board 
  11:15 AM Governor's Proposed FY2015 Budget Adjustment
    Mark-Up/Vote
  12:30 PM Recess for Lunch
 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    General Government
      Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation 
  10:45 AM No Meeting Scheduled
  12:00 PM Recess for Lunch
  2:30 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    General Government - Agency of Administration
      James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management 
  3:15 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    General Government - Dept. of Finance
      James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management 
  4:00 PM Adjourn
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8:45 AM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    General Government
      Phil Scott, Vermont State Lieutenant Governor,  
      Rachel Feldman, Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Governor's Office 
  9:45 AM No Commiitee Meeting
  11:00 AM Tutorials
    Pay Act; Position Pool and Pilot
      Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources 
      Molly Paulger, Human Resources Director, Department of Human Resources 
      Bradley Kukenberger, Department of Human Resources 
  12:00 PM Recess for Lunch
  1:15 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Labor
      Annie Noonan, Commissioner, Department of Labor 
      Charlie Teske, Financial Director, Department of Labor 
  3:00 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
      Mary Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Taxes 
      Gregg Mousley, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Taxes 
  4:00 PM Recess for Break
  4:10 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Continue with Tax Testimony
  4:45 PM Adjourn
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:45 AM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Protection to Persons and Property
      Richard Gauthier, Executive Director, VT Criminal Justice Training Council 
  9:45 AM No Commiitee Meeting
  11:30 AM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Commerce and Community Development
      Alan Jordan, Executive Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra 
  12:00 PM Recess for Lunch
  12:45 PM H.82 - An act relating to fiscal year 2015 budget adjustments
    2nd Reading - Members' Floor Amendments
  1:00 PM House Convenes
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:00 AM H.82 - An act relating to fiscal year 2015 budget adjustments
    Third Reading - Members' Floor Amendments
  9:30 AM House Convenes
  12:00 PM Recess for Lunch
  1:15 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Human Services
      Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women 
      Marcia Merrill, Chair, Vermont Commission on Women 
  2:00 PM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Protection to Persons and Property
      Jim Volz, Chair, Public Service Board 
      Brenda Chamberlain, Business Manager, Public Service Board 
  2:30 PM Caucus of The Whole
    Economic Development
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Theresa Utton-Jerman at 828-2251
 


House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development (Room 35)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Vermont Economic Development
      Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce 
      Tori Ossola, Vice President of Tourism, Vermont Chamber of Commerce 
      Chris Carrigan, Vice President of Business Development, Vermont Chamber of Commerce 
  10:00 AM Floor Convenes
  15 Min. after Adj. H.34 - An act relating to the process of licensing travel insurance agents
      Rep. Warren F. Kitzmiller, Sponsor of Bill, House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development 
      Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation 
      Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, KSE Partners, American International Group 
      John Fielding, US Travel Insurance Association 
  12:00 PM Republican Caucus
  1:15 PM Democratic and Progressive Caucus
  15 Min. after Caucus Vermont Economic Development
      Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund 
      Catherine Z. Davis, Director of Government Affairs, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & GBIC 
      David Bradbury, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM H.34 - An act relating to the process of licensing travel insurance agents
    Mark-up
      Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, American International Group 
      Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  10:00 AM Vermont Economic Development
      Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors 
      Wayne Lamberton, Former Owner, Lamberton Electric 
      Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 
      Joan Goldstein, Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation 
      Charles Baker, Executive Director, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission 
  11:55 AM Fee Bill, Workers' Compensation (Sec. 26)
      Stephen Monahan, Director Workers' Compensation and Safety Division, Department of Labor 
  1:00 PM Floor Convenes
  15 Min. after Adj. Vermont Economic Development
      William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont 
      Frank Cioffi, President, GBIC 
  3:00 PM H.73 - An act relating to the corporate governance structure of insurers
      Susan Donegan, Commissioner, Department of Financial Regulation 
      Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM H.34 - An act relating to the process of licensing travel insurance agents
    Mark-up
      Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, American International Group 
      Kaj Samsom, Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, Department of Financial Regulation 
      Shannon Salembier, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation 
      Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  9:30 AM H.51 - An act relating to group-wide supervision of internationally active insurance groups
      Kaj Samson, Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, Department of Financial Regulation 
      Shannon Salembier, Assistant General Counsel, Department of Financial Regulation 
      Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:15 AM National Association of Manufacturers' Senior Vice President & Leaders in VT Manufacturing
    Luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel
  1:00 PM Floor Convenes
  15 Min. after Adj. H.51 - An act relating to group-wide supervision of internationally active insurance groups
    Mark-up of bill
      Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Chris Rice, Lobbyist, American Council of Life Insurers 
      John Hollar, Lobbyist, American Insurance Association 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM Floor Convenes
  15 Min. after Adj. H.51 - An act relating to group-wide supervision of internationally active insurance groups
    Committee discussion, mark-up and vote
      Chris Rice, Lobbyist, American Council of Life Insurers 
      John Hollar, Lobbyist, American Insurance Association 
      Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, Cigna 
      James Feehan, Lobbyist, Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America 
  1:00 PM Vermont Economic Development
      Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development 
  2:30 PM Economic Development
    Full House caucus
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Shirley Adams at 828-2255
 


House Committee on Corrections and Institutions (Room 33)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM House Floor
  10:45 AM BGS Reports to the 2015 General Assembly
    Tab 7: Proposal for a Secure Residential Facility
      Paul Dupre, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health 
      Michael Kuhn, Project Manager, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
  12:00 PM Lunch & Caucuses
  2:30 PM Capital Bill
    Section 9.2 - Forests, Parks and Recreation: Sweet Pond
      Rep. Michael Hebert, Windham County 
      Craig Whipple, Director of State Parks, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation 
      Rep. Mollie S. Burke, Brattleboro 
  3:30 PM Committee Discussion
    State House Security
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Capital Bill
    Section 2 - Agency of Administration Joint Hearing with House Committee on Government Operations in Room 11
      James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management 
      Brad Ferland, Director of Financial Operations, Department of Finance & Management 
      Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health 
      Stephanie Beck, Director of Health Care Operations, Compliance & Improvement, Agency of Human Services 
      Darren Prail, Chief Information Officer, Agency of Human Services 
  11:00 AM Capital Bill
    Section 1 Continued
      Bob Rea, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
  1:00 PM House Floor
  2:00 PM Field Trip to Waterbury Complex
    Tour, Joint with Senate Institutions
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM Capital Bill
    Section 4 - Judiciary
      Patricia Gabel, Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office 
      Matt Riven, Chief of Finance and Administration, Judiciary 
      Jeff Lively, General Counsel, Department of Buildings & General Services 
  10:00 AM Capital Bill
    Section 11 - Department of Public Safety (Burn Building)
      Michael Desrochers, Executive Director of Fire Management, Department of Public Safety 
      Jim Litovich, Chief Training Officer, Department of Public Safety 
  11:00 AM Capital Bill
    Section 16 - Vermont Historical Society
      Mark Hudson, Executive Director, Vermont Historical Society 
      Naomi Andrus-Lamas, Director of Finance and Operations, Vermont Historical Society 
      Rep. Tim Jerman, Trustee, Vermont Historical Society 
  1:00 PM House Floor
  --After Floor Capitol Complex Security
    Authority of the Sergeant at Arms and the Capitol Police Joint meeting, with House Committee on Government Operations
      Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Les Dimick, Chief of Police, Capitol Police 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM House Floor
  --After Floor Act 178 of 2014
    Energy Revolving Fund
      Dan Edson, Energy Engineer, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer 
  1:00 PM Capitol Complex Security
    Committees Relating to the State House and the Capitol Complex
      Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Sue MacMartin at 828-2259
 


House Committee on Education (Room 32)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM FLOOR
  After the floor Vermonters for Schools and Community
      Beth Holtzman, Steering Committee Member, Vermonters for Schools and Community 
      Chris Tormey, Steering Committee Member, Vermonters for Schools and Community 
      Marty Strange, Steering Committee Member, Vermonters for Schools and Community 
      Susan Clark, Steering Committee Member, Vermonters for Schools and Community 
  11:00 AM Governor's Education Proposals
      Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
  12:00 PM Lunch and Caucuses
  2:30 PM H.38 - An act relating to tuition payments to out-of-state schools
      Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Rep. Alison H. Clarkson, House Committee on Ways and Means 
      Aaron Brodeur, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
  3:30 PM H.49 - An act relating to tuition payments and public high school choice
      Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Education Finance
      Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
  10:00 AM Education Structure and Finance
    Union School Districts, REDs, and Incentives for Mergers and Collaboration
      Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:00 PM Special Education
      Jo-Anne Unruh, Executive Director, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators 
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  2:00 PM Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Update
    Joint meeting with the Senate Committee on Education in room 10
      Scott Giles, Executive Director, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation 
  3:00 PM Education Finance
    High spending threshold and consequences of eliminating the "look-back"
      Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
      Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:30 AM Agenda planning
  9:00 AM H.18 - An act relating to Public Records Act exemptions
      Rep. Linda J. Martin, Wolcott 
      Clarence Davis, Director of State Relations, University of Vermont 
  10:00 AM Governor's Education Proposals
      Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education 
      Aly Richards, Dir. of Special Projects & Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Governor 
  11:00 AM Special Education
      Michael Giangreco, Professor of Education, University of Vermont 
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  4:00 PM Vermont Principals' Association
    Reception with the Senate Committee on Education in room 10. In addition to testimony from Mr. Page, written testimony was submitted by an anonymous Vermont school principal and Andre Messier, Principal, Lake Region Union High School
      Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals' Association 
      Jacki Ball, Associate Director for Advocacy, National Association of Secondary School Principals 
      Wayne Howe, Principal, Northfield Elementary School 
      William Anton, Principal, Dover School 
      Merri Greenia, Principal, Craftsbury Elementary School 
      Andre Messier, Principal, Lake Region Union High School 
      Brett Blanchard, Principal, Fair Haven Union High School 
      Michelle Mathias, Principal, Edmunds Elementary School 
      Joan Cavallo, Principal, St. Albans City Elementary School 
      Dana Peterson, Principal, Woodstock Union Middle School 
      Judith Ross, Principal, Peacham Elementary School 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
  After the floor Committee Priorities
  1:00 PM Education Structure and Finance
      Tammy Kolbe, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont 
  2:00 PM Fee Bill
    Teacher licenses, Teacher preparation programs
      Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education 
  2:30 PM Caucus of the Whole Meeting
    Economic development
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Marjorie Zunder at 828-2258
 


House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources (Room 47)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM House Floor
  -after the floor H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Discussion of new language
      Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation 
  12:00 PM Lunch and Caucuses
  2:15 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Jane Clifford, Executive Director, Green Mountain Dairy Farmers 
      Elizabeth MacDonald, Staff Attorney, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets 
      Andrea Stander, Executive Director, Rural Vermont 
      Bill Moore, Legislative Director, Vermont Farm Bureau 
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Lake Champlain Basin Program
    Overview and Update
      Bill Howland, Director, Lake Champlain Basin Program 
  9:30 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      William Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  10:15 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Fertilizer Fee and Current Use
      Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
  11:00 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Bill Howland, Director, Lake Champlain Basin Program 
      Robb Kidd, Organizing Representative, Sierra Club, Vermont Chapter 
      Mark Nelson, Chair, Sierra Club, Vermont Chapter 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM House Floor
  1:45 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Bill Howland, Director, Lake Champlain Basin Program 
  2:30 PM United Dairy Farmers of Vermont
    Overview and Update
      Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, United Dairy Farmers of Vermont 
  2:45 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, United Dairy Farmers of Vermont 
      Jim Jutras, Public Works Engineer, Village of Essex Junction 
  3:30 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      John Roberts, Small Farm Water Quality Coordinator, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
      Katie Taylor, Government Affairs Specialist, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Storm Water
      Chris Cole, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Transportation 
      Gina Campoli, Environmental Policy Manager, Agency of Transportation 
      Craig DiGiammarino, Operations Division Environmental Program Manager, Agency of Transportation 
  10:00 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Regional Planning Commissions
      Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission 
      Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director, Northwest Regional Planning Commission 
  10:30 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Denise Smith, Executive Director, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain 
      Darlene Reynolds, Chair, Farmer's Watershed Alliance 
      Larry Gervais, Farmer's Watershed Alliance 
      Jeff Carter, UVM Extension Argonomy Specialist Field Crops & Nutrient Management, Middlebury 
      Marli Rupe, Agriculture Water Quality Specialist, Department of Environmental Conservation 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM House Floor
  3:30 PM Fee Bill
    Department of Environmental Conservation
      David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation 
      Alyssa Schuren, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation 
  4:00 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Committee Discussion
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM House Floor
  11:00 AM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Laurie Adams, Assistant Director for Water Quality, Burlington Department of Public Works 
      Tim Grover, Chief Operator Main and North Plants, City Of Burlington 
      Richard Haesler, Assistant City Attorney, City Of Burlington 
      Jeff Wennberg, Commissioner, City of Rutland Department of Public Works 
      Chris Louras, Mayor, City of Rutland 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM H.35 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Mark up
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
      Matthew Chapman, Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation 
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Didi Brush at 828-2266
 


House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs (Room 41)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM House Floor
  15 min. after Floor H.25 - An act relating to natural burial grounds
    Hearing will be in Ethan Allen
      Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Rep. Mike Yantachka, Sponsor, Charlotte 
      Lisa Carlson, Executive Director, Funeral Ethics Organization 
  12:00 PM Lunch and Caucuses
  2:30 PM Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Report
    Room 11 Joint hearing with Senate Committee on Government Operations to hear Vermont National Guard's Legislative Report.
      Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard 
      Angela Lakey, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Vermont National Guard 
      Doris Sumner, Chief Warrant Officer III, State Equal Employer Manager, Vermont National Guard 
      Colonel Ellen Abbott, Counsel, Vermont National Guard 
  4:00 PM Committee Discussion
  4:30 PM Adjourn
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Weatherization Program
    Overview of program, and specific applications.
      Paul Dragon, Chief Administrator, Office of Econ. Opportunity,  
  10:15 AM Committee Discussion
    Meeting with Committee Counsel.
  11:00 AM Youth Homelessness
      Calvin Smith, Director, Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs 
      Kreig Pinkham, Director, Washington County Youth Services Bureau 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM House Floor
    Press conference in the Cedar Creek room regarding release of the new Basic Needs report. By Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
  15 min. after Floor Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Update
    Overview, challenges and opportunities, as well as discussion of Basic Needs Budget.
      Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund 
  2:30 PM Vermont Human Rights Commission
    Fair Housing, also a potential change to the Commission statute.
      Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission 
  4:30 PM Adjourn
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM Field Trip
    Committee will travel to Waterbury in order to visit the South Main Street Apartments, and the Alchemist Brewery.
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM House Floor
  15 min. after Floor Pathways Vermont
    Update and Overview
      Maura Collins, Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Housing Finance Agency 
      Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez, Assistant Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition 
  4:00 PM No- Fault Sick Leave
    Discussion of Dept. of Labor's report on no-fault sick leave.
      Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General 
  - Vermont Human Rights Commission
    Discussion of statute language.
      Julio Thompson, Director, Civil Rights Unit, Office of the Attorney General 
  4:30 PM Adjourn
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM House Floor
  15 min. after Floor IT Training for the Committee
      Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
      Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM Vermont Veterans' Home
    Committee will hear about a report on the Veterans' Home capacity and marketing potential.
      Michael Pulling, President, Health Care Management Associates 
      Rep. Rachael Fields,  
  2:30 PM House Chambers
    Members will hear a presentation on economic development, and the Vermont economy.
  - Adjourn
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Ron Wild at 828-2263
 


House Committee on Government Operations (Room 49)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM FLOOR
  11:00 AM Budget
      James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management 
  12:00 PM Lunch and Caucuses
  2:15 PM H.18 - An act relating to Public Records Act exemptions
      Allen Gilbert, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union 
  3:30 PM Committee Discussion
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Joint Committee Meeting
    House Government Operations and Corrections and Institutions, Room 11
      James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management 
      Brad Ferland, Director of Financial Operations, Department of Finance & Management 
      Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health 
      Stephanie Beck, Director of Health Care Operations, Compliance & Improvement, Agency of Human Services 
  10:00 AM H.18 - An act relating to Public Records Act exemptions
      Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Karen L. Richards, Executive Director, Vermont Human Rights Commission 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  2:00 PM Agency of Administration
      Justin Johnson, Secretary, Agency of Administration 
      Maribeth Spellman, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources 
  3:00 PM Department of Information and Innovation
    Overview/Budget
      Richard Boes, Commissioner, Department of Information & Innovation 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM Agency of Natural Resources
    Overview
      Deborah Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources 
  10:00 AM State Judiciary System
    Overview
      Patricia Gabel, State Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR
    Budget Adjustment
  3:30 PM Capitol Police
    Joint meeting with House Corrections and Institutions
      Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
    Budget Adjustment
  11:30 AM Capitol Police
      Les Dimick, Chief of Capitol Police,  
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR if needed
  2:30 PM Caucus of the Whole Meeting
    Vermont Economy, economic development
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Denise Diehl at 828-2267
 


House Committee on Health Care (Room 45)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM FLOOR
  11:00 AM Health Care Delivery Systems
    Introductory presentations from insurers and providers
      Don George, CEO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont 
      Paul Harrington, Executive Vice-President, Vermont Medical Society 
  12:00 PM Caucuses
  2:00 PM Health Care Delivery Systems
      Andrew Garland, Vice President, Vermont and Network Enterprise Strategy, MVP Healthcare 
      Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy & Legislative Affairs, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems 
  3:00 PM Affordable Care Act
    ACA, 2016 trigger re employers with 51-100 employees, buy on Exchange.
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  3:30 PM Health Care Bill
    Walk-through of Governor's proposals for health care reform
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration 
      Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  7:30 AM Vermont Legal Aid Legislative Breakfast
  9:00 AM Health Care Bill
    Provisions in the Governor's health care proposals that relate to the Green Mountain Care Board
      Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board 
  11:00 AM SIM Grant
    Vermont Health Care Innovation Project.
      Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project 
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  2:00 PM Physician Practices Reimbursement Report
      Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration 
      Steven Kappel MPA, Principal, Policy Integrity 
      Kara Suter, Director of Payment Reform, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) 
      Dr. Paul J. Reiss, Chief Medical Officer, Healthfirst, Inc. 
      Joseph Haddock, MD, Thomas Chittenden Health Center; and Board Member, Healthfirst, Inc. 
      Cory Gustafson, Director, Government and Public Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont 
      Kelly Lange, Director, Delivery System, Innovation and Contracting, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:00 AM Health Care Reform
    Joint with Senate Health & Welfare, Room 10
      John Franco, Burlington 
      Traven Leyshon, Vermont Workers' Center 
      Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Leads 
      Deborah Richter, MD,  
  10:30 AM H.24 - An act relating to increasing subsidies in the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange and establishing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax
      Rep. Paul N. Poirier, Bill Sponsor 
  11:00 AM H.60 - An act relating to developing a supported State-based marketplace exchange
    Tentative
      Rep. Patti Komline, Sponsor,  
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform 
  1:00 PM FLOOR
    Budget Adjustment Act--extended debate
  1:20 PM H.82 - An act relating to fiscal year 2015 budget adjustments
    Amendments from Rep. Mary Morrissey and Rep. Mitzi Johnson
      Rep. Mary A. Morrissey,  
      Rep. Mitzi Johnson,  
  3:30 PM H.88 - An act relating to a public health care coverage option
    Introduction
      Rep. Paul N. Poirier,  
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
    [The State House Singers will be singing the Devotional] Budget Adjustment Act
  10:30 AM Transparency and Pricing in Health Care
      Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office 
  1:00 PM Accountable Care Organizations
      Georgia Maheras, Project Director, Vermont Health Care Innovation Project 
      Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform, Green Mountain Care Board 
      Kara Suter, Director of Payment Reform, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) 
      Todd Moore, CEO, OneCare Vermont 
      Patrick Flood, Board Chair, Community Health Accountable Care 
      Dr. Paul J. Reiss, Chief Medical Officer, Healthfirst, Inc. 
  2:30 PM Legislative Briefing
    We will have a short presentation on 2014 tax implications of the Affordable Care Act and then the rest of the hour will be spent on the Vermont economy.
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Loring Starr at 828-2264
 


House Committee on Human Services (Room 46)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM FLOOR
  15 min. after floor adjourns Department for Children and Families
    Child Development Division Overview
      Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children & Families 
  12:00 PM Lunch & Caucuses
  2:30 PM H.18 - An act relating to Public Records Act exemptions
    Sections 9, 11, 12
      Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  3:30 PM Building Bright Futures Report
    Overview
      Julie Coffey, Executive Director, Building Bright Futures 
  4:30 PM Adjourn
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8:00 AM Civil Discourse for Legislators
    Capitol Plaza
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  15 min. after floor adjourns Prevention Works! VT
    Overview
      Lori Augustyniak, Coordinator, Prevention Works! VT 
  - Mental Health Oversight Committee Report
    Overview
      Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  3:00 PM IT Training
      Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
      Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
  4:00 PM Adjourn
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:30 AM Pathways to Housing
    Overview
      Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez, Assistant Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Lindsay Casale, First Program Manager, Pathways Vermont 
  9:00 AM Agency of Human Services
    FY 16 Budgets
      Hal Cohen, Secretary, Agency of Human Services 
      Richard Donahey, Financial Services Director III, Agency of Human Services 
  - -
    Department for Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living
      Susan Wehry, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living 
  10:00 AM Break
  10:15 AM Agency of Human Services
    FY 16 Budgets
  - -
      Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
      Paul Dupre, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health 
      Shannon Thompson, Financial Services Director, Department of Mental Health 
      Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  15 min. after floor adjourns Review
    Report on Residential Substance Abuse Treatment: Impact of Concurrent Utilization Review (Act 179 (2014), Section E. 300.2)
      Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Dept. of Health 
  2:30 PM Review
    DVHA Performance Improvement Project
      Tom Simpatico, Medical Director, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) 
  3:30 PM H.20 - An act relating to licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors as participating providers in Medicaid
      Rep. Eileen "Lynn" Dickinson, Sponsor,  
      Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Dept. of Health 
      Tom Simpatico, Medical Director, Department of Vermont Health Access 
  4:00 PM Adjourn
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
  15 min. after floor adjourns Health Care Oversight Committee Report
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Rep. Jill Krowinski,  
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM Committee Discussion
  2:30 PM Adjourn
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Julie Tucker at 828-2265
 


House Committee on Judiciary (Room 30)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM House Convenes
  10:45 AM IT Training
      Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
      Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:45 AM Adjourn
  12:00 PM Party Caucuses
    12:00-2:15 Party Caucuses
  2:30 PM H.23 - An act relating to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
      Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Robert Paolini, Executive Director, Vermont Bar Association 
      Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association 
  4:00 PM Adjourn
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8:00 AM Civil Discourse for Legislators
    8:00-noon, Capitol Plaza
  11:45 AM Adjourn
  1:00 PM House Convenes
  15 min after the floor H.23 - An act relating to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
    Committee discussion
      Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Robert Paolini, Executive Director, Vermont Bar Association 
      Chris D'Elia, President, Vermont Bankers' Association 
  -- H.62 - An act relating to prohibiting a sentence of life without parole for a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense
      Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Representative,  
  3:00 PM Truancy Issues
    Committee Discussion
      Rep. Gary Viens, Representative 
      Rep. Michael Marcotte, Sponsor, Representative 
      Sara Puls, Appellate and Juvenile Defender,  
  4:00 PM Adjourn
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM H.86 - An act relating to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
      Jeffrey Cohen , Director, Office of Child Support 
      Richard Cassidy, Esq., Hoff Curtis 
      Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Robin Arnell, Office of Child Support 
      Patricia Benelli, Attorney, Dakin and Benelli 
  10:15 AM Break
  10:30 AM H.85 - An act relating to electronic notice procedures for child support orders
      Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Jeffrey Cohen , Director, Office of Child Support 
      Robin Arnell, Office of Child Support 
      Patricia Benelli, Attorney, Dakin and Benelli 
  11:45 AM Adjourn
  1:00 PM House Convenes
  after the floor Juvenile Proceedings Jurisdiction
      Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  -- H.95 - An act relating to jurisdiction over delinquency proceedings by the Family Division of the Superior Court
      Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  4:00 PM Adjourn
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM House Convenes
  10:45 AM Human Trafficking
      Sean McVey, Patrol Agent in Charge, U.S. Border Patrol, Swanton Sector Intelligence Unit 
      Padraic Paffen, Resident Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Burlington Office 
      Fred Divigard, Resident Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Burlington Office 
      Lance Burnham, Detective Lieutenant, Vermont State Police 
  11:45 AM Adjourn
  2:30 PM Vermont Caucus Presentation
    Economic Development
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Kate Wilson at 828-2257 and at kwilson@leg.state.vt.us.
 


House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (Room 44)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM FLOOR
  10:30 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
    Bill walk-through
      Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  12:00 PM Lunch and Caucuses
  2:00 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Jim Volz, Chair, Public Service Board 
  2:30 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
    Bill walk through
      Aaron Adler, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  3:30 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Thomas Buckley, Manager, Customer & Energy Services, Burlington Electric Department 
      Ken Nolan, Manager of Resource Planning, Burlington Electric Department 
  10:00 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Robert Dostis, Director of Government Affairs, Green Mountain Power 
      Greg White, Director of Field Operations, Green Mountain Power 
      David DeMag, Head Lineman, Green Mountain Power 
  11:00 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Dave Hallquist, CEO, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc. 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  1:20 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Michael Zahner, Executive Director, Vermont Chamber of Commerce 
  2:00 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
    Renewable Energy Vermont
      Chad Farrell, Encore Redevelopment 
      Nathaniel Vandal, Green Peaks Solar 
  3:00 PM Efficiency Vermont
    Overview and Discussion
      Liz Gamache, Director, Efficiency Vermont 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      George Twigg, Director of Public Affairs, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation 
  9:30 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Patricia Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Coop 
  10:30 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Ellen Burt , General Manager, Stowe Electric Department 
      Matthew Rutherford, Manager of Regulatory Compliance, Stowe Electric Department 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM FLOOR
    Budget Adjustment
  3:00 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Public Service Department 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
    Budget Adjustment
  10:30 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      David Mullett, General Manager, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority 
  11:00 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Ben Walsh, Climate & Energy Program Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group 
      Dylan Zwicky, Clean Energy Associate,  
  11:30 AM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Matthew Cota, Executive Director, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM H.40 - An act relating to establishing a renewable energy standard and energy transformation program
      Johanna Miller, Energy Program Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council 
  1:45 PM Vermont Gas Systems
    Organization Introduction and Overview
      Don Rendall, CEO, Vermont Gas Systems 
  2:30 PM Vermont Caucus Presentation
 
 


House Committee on Transportation (Room 43)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  10:00 AM FLOOR
  11:00 AM DMV Update
      Robert Ide, Commissioner, Department of Motor Vehicles 
      Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles 
      Glen Button, Enforcement and Safety Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles 
      Carol Harrison, Director of Finance and Logistics, Department of Motor Vehicles 
  12:00 PM Republican Party Caucus
  1:15 PM Democratic Party Caucus
  2:30 PM Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Budget
      Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation 
      Joe Segale, Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation 
      Bill Ahearn, Research Managing Engineer, Agency of Transportation 
      Johnathan Croft, Chief of Mapping, Agency of Transportation 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Aviation Program and Budget
      Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation 
      Guy Rouelle, Aviation Program Manager, Agency of Transportation 
  11:15 AM Transportation Board Report
      John Zicconi, Executive Secretary, Transportation Board 
      Nicola Marro, Chair, Transportation Board 
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  2:00 PM Act 145 (Proportional Share) Implementation Update
      Joe Segale, Policy, Planning and Research Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation 
  3:00 PM Budget Adjustment Act and FY16 Budget
      Chris Cole, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Transportation 
      Leonard LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Transportation 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  10:00 AM Materials and Research Lab Tour
    Berlin Location
  1:00 PM FLOOR
  3:00 PM Public Transit Program and Budget
      Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation 
      Barbara Donovan, Public Transit Program Manager, Agency of Transportation 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
  1:00 PM Stormwater Issues
      Chris Cole, Deputy  Secretary, Agency of Transportation 
      David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation 
      Beverley Wemple, Professor of Geography, University of Vermont 
  2:30 PM Caucus of The Whole
    House Chamber Economic Development
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Barbara Dall at 828-2262
 


House Committee on Ways and Means (Room 34)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:00 AM Tax Expenditures
      Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
      Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development 
  10:00 AM House Convenes
  10:30 AM Itemized Deductions
      Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM Caucus
  2:15 PM Ski Area Land Leases
      Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office 
      Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
  3:00 PM Miscellaneous Tax Bill
    TIF sections
      Susan Mesner, Deputy State Auditor, State Auditor's Office 
      Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council 
  3:15 PM Miscellaneous Tax Bill
    Adding health insurance information to W2s
      Devon Green, Special Counsel for Tax Legislation, Tax Department 
  3:45 PM Property Tax Expenditures
      Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8:45 AM Understanding the Cost-Shift
      Joyce Manchester, Senior Economist, Joint Fiscal Office 
      Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
  9:45 AM Transparency and Pricing in Health Care
      Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office 
      Andrew Stein, Special Investigator, State Auditor's Office 
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  10:30 AM Cost Shift
      Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board 
      Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration 
  11:15 AM Cost Shift
      John Franco, Burlington 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM House Convenes
  1:30 PM Fee Bill
    Committee Discussion
  2:30 PM Payroll Tax
      Lawrence Miller, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Chief of Health Care Reform 
      Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration 
  3:30 PM Medicaid Reimbursement Report
      Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, Agency of Administration 
      Kara Suter, Director of Payment Reform, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:45 AM Miscellaneous Tax Bill
    Lottery section
      Greg Smith, Executive Director, Vermont Lottery Commission 
  9:15 AM Payroll Tax
    Business organization testimony on the administration's proposal
      William Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont 
      Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 
      Heather Shouldice, Lobbyist, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association 
      Michael Costa, Deputy Director, Health Care Reform, Finance, Agency of Administration 
      Catherine Davis, Vice President for Strategy and Public Affairs, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce 
      John Hollar, Lobbyist, Vermont Business Roundtable 
      David Sichel, Deputy Director of Risk Management Services, Vermont League of Cities and Towns 
  11:30 AM Overview of Budget Proposal
    Revenues
      Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM House Convenes
    Budget Adjustment bill
  3:30 PM Employer Assessment
      Nolan Langweil, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  8:45 AM Fee Bill
    Agency of Education Fees
      Amy Fowler, Deputy Secretary for Educator Quality, Agency of Education 
  - Fee Bill
    DoH Grocery Store License Fees
      Jim Harrison, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association 
      Emily Brown, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council 
  9:30 AM House Convenes
  10:20 AM Fee Bill
      Liz Wirsing, Food & Lodging Program Chief, Department of Health 
  10:30 AM Fee Bill
      Dan Cole, President, Physician Assistant Academy of vermont 
  11:00 AM Fee Bill
    DEC Fees
      David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation 
      Alyssa Schuren, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation 
  12:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM Fee Bill
    Fish and Wildlife Fees - hunters and anglers
      Clint Gray, President,  
      Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council 
  1:20 PM Fee Bill
    Effects on municipalities and towns
      Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns 
  2:00 PM Fee Bill
    Wastewater and stormwater issues
      Chris Louras, Mayor, City of Rutland 
      Jeff Wennberg, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Rutland City 
  2:30 PM Caucus of The Whole
    Economic Development
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Gabrielle Malina at 828-2250
 


Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR)

Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:00 AM Convene, Review, and Approve Minutes
    Minutes of January 22, 2015
  8:05 AM To Be Announced
  8:25 AM To Be Announced
  8:45 AM Adjourn
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Katie Pickens at 828-5760
 


PreKindergarten-16 Council

Monday, January 26, 2015
  10:00 AM Introductions
    And approval of minutes
  10:10 AM TBA
  12:00 PM Adjourn
 
 


Senate Committee on Agriculture (Room 26)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  15 minutes after Floor Neonicotinoid Pesticides
    Follow up on Act 159, Sect.17
      Jim Leland, Director, Ag Resource Management, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
      Cary Giguere, Pesticide Program Section Chief, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Follow up on Act 120
    GMO Labeling Act and court challenge
      William Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  - Gasoline Pricing in Vermont
      Ryan Kriger, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  10:15 AM Break
  10:30 AM Governor's Proposed FY2016 Budget
    Current Use Moratorium. Meeting in Ethan Allen Room
      Peter Griffin, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Emily Brown, Office of Legislative Council 
      Mark Perrault, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
      Kirby Keeton, Tax Policy Analyst, Department of Taxes 
      John McClain, New England Forestry Consultants 
      John Meyer, Consulting Forester, Vermont Forest Products Association 
      Bill Moore, Legislative Director, Vermont Farm Bureau 
      Steve McLeod, Executive Director, Vermont Traditions Coalition 
      Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  10:00 AM Dairy Meeting
    Dairy Update, 10 AM - Noon Bissonette Room
  12:00 PM Dairy Luncheon
    Dairy Luncheon Pavilion Building
  4:00 PM Farm to School
    Event in Cafeteria 4-6 PM
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:00 AM Vermont Technical College
      Chris Dutton, VMD & Program Director, Vermont Technical College 
  10:00 AM University of Vermont
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
      Thomas Vogelmann, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
      Josie Davis, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Linda Leehman at 828-2233
 


Senate Committee on Appropriations (Room 5)

Monday, January 26, 2015
  1:00 PM No Committee Meetings Scheduled
 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  1:30 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Judiciary
      Patricia Gabel, Court Administrator, Court Administrator's Office 
      Matt Riven, Chief of Finance and Administration, Court Administrator's Office 
  2:15 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Health Department
      Harry Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health 
      Paul Daley, Director of Administrative Services, Department of Health 
      Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services 
  3:00 PM Break
  3:30 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Mental Health Department
      Paul Dupre, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health 
      Frank Reed, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health 
      Shannon Thompson, Financial Services Director, Department of Mental Health 
      Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Convenes
  1:30 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Language Sections
  2:00 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    DAIL
      Susan Wehry, Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living 
      Bill Kelly, Business Manager, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living 
      Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services 
  3:00 PM Break
  3:30 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    DCF
      Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
      Leo Clark, CFO, Department for Children and Families 
      Sarah Clark, Chief Financial Officer, Agency of Human Services 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Convenes
  1:30 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Natural Resources Board
      Lou Borie, Executive Director, Natural Resources Board 
  2:00 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Committee Deliberations
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  1:00 PM FY 2015 Governors Proposed Budget Adjustment
    Committee Deliberations
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Rebeca Buck at 828-2351
 


Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs (Room 27)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Senate Floor
  - after the floor S.15 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety
      Damien Leonard, Office of Legislative Council 
      Sen. Philip Baruth, Reporter, Chittenden 
  10:00 AM S.15 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety
    10:00 - noon
      Cathy Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors 
      Mark Nicholson , Nicom Coatings, Inc. 
      Cary Brown, Executive Director, Vermont Commission on Women 
      Auburn Watersong, Economic Justice Specialist, Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence 
      Lindsay DesLauriers, State Director, Main Street Alliance of VT 
      Marc Sherman, Owner, Stowe Mercantile 
      Jennifer Kimmich, Co-owner/General Manager, The Alchemist 
      Dan Barlow, Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM S.15 - An act relating to absence from work for health care and safety
      Stephanie Sequino, Professor, UVM and Professional Research Ass., Univ. of London 
      Jay Clark, Owner, G Housen Distributors 
      Kendal Melvin, Government Affairs Specialist, Vermont Chamber of Commerce 
      Betsy Bishop, President, Vermont Chamber of Commerce 
      Sheila Reed, Associate Director, Voices for Vermont's Children 
      Shawn Shouldice, Lobbyist, National Federation of Independent Businesses 
  11:00 AM Confirmation of Governor's Appointments
    Appointees: James Kiehle, State Labor Relations Board AND Joshua Laughlin, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  1:30 PM Senate Floor
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM Pathways Vermont
      Maura Collins, Board Chair, Pathways Vermont 
      Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez, Assistant Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Lindsay Casale, First Program Manager, Pathways Vermont 
  10:00 AM Consumer Protection Laws
    brief on current law
      David Hall, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:00 AM Associated Industries of Vermont
    Invitation to committee to attend "Manufacturing Renewal in VT and the Nation". Held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:00 AM Committee Field Trip
    to the proposed BJs site and to General Electric in Rutland
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Cheryl Ewen at 828-2272
 


Senate Committee on Education (Room 28)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Overview
    Operating & Non-Operating Districts, Independent Schools and Tuition
      Donna Russo-Savage, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Aaron Brodeur, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
  2:30 PM Education Funding
    in Select Countries
      Liam McRae, Legislative Intern, Bennington College 
  3:30 PM Education Structure and Finance
    Accountable Education Funding Proposal
      Heidi Spear, Chair, School Board,  
  4:00 PM Committee Discussion
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  After the Floor Education Issues
    Technical Centers
      Donna Russo-Savage, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  2:00 PM Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Update
    Joint Briefing with the House Education Committee in Room 10
      Scott Giles, President and CEO, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation 
  3:00 PM Agency of Education
    Special Education- Update and Report on Act 179 of 2014. Sec. E.500.7 Special Education Expenditures: Pilot Program
      Karin Edwards, Agency of Education 
  3:30 PM Education Issues
    Small School Grants, Phantom Schools Grants and Funding Formulas
      Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Education Structure and Finance
      Paul Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute 
  2:30 PM Trends in Special Education Costs
      William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Education 
  3:30 PM Farm to School
    Impact of Farm to School on Education Outcomes
      Betsy Rosenbluth, Project Director, Vermont FEED 
      Luke Foley, Educator, Northfield 
      Faye Comte, Hunger Free Vermont 
      Abbie Nelson, Co-Director, VT FEED and Shelburne Farms 
  4:00 AM Vermont Principals Association Executive Council
    Joint Meeting and Reception with the House Education Committee in Room 10
      Ken Page, Executive Director, Vermont Principals Association 
      Jacki Ball, Associate Director for Advocacy, National Association of Secondary School Principals 
      Wayne Howe, Principal, Northfield Elementary School 
      William Anton, Principal, Dover School 
      Merri Greenia, Principal, Craftsbury Elementary School 
      Andre Messier, Principal, Lake Region Union High School 
      Brett Blanchard, Principal, Fair Haven Union High School 
      Michelle Mathias, Principal, Edmunds Elementary School 
      Joan Cavallo, Principal, St. Albans City Elementary School 
      Dana Peterson, Principal, Woodstock Union Middle School 
      Judith Ross, Principal, Peacham Elementary School 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Lessons Learned
    Overview of H.883 (2014) concepts
      Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan,  
      Donna Russo-Savage, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  2:00 PM Education Reform Efforts
    Governor's Education Recommendations
      Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education 
      Aly Richards, Dir. of Special Projects & Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Governor 
  3:00 PM Agency of Education
    Standardized Tests- Primer, No Child Left Behind
      Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education 
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Ken Bruno at 828-3805
 


Senate Committee on Finance (Room 6)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Education Finance Overview
      Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary, Agency of Education 
  3:00 PM Education Finance Mechanics and Per Pupil Spending
      Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Budget Gap
      Stephen Klein, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office 
      Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
  1:45 PM Common Chart of Accounts
      Aaron Brodeur, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
      William Talbott, Deputy Secretary/CFO, Agency of Education 
  2:30 PM Equalized Pupils and Phantom Students
      Brad James, Education Finance Manager, Agency of Education 
  3:00 PM School District Mergers
      Andrew Pond, Chair, Bolton School Board 
  3:30 PM Tuitioning and School Choice
      William Talbott, Deputy Commissioner, Agency of Education 
  4:00 PM Teachers' Pensions and Retirement Benefits
      Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Special Education: Strategies and Incentives
      William Talbott, Deputy Secretary/CFO, Agency of Education 
  2:45 PM Revenue Volatility
      Sara Teachout, Senior Fiscal Analyst, Joint Fiscal Office 
  4:00 PM Renters in Vermont
      Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
  1:00 PM Governor's Current Use Proposals
      Chuck Ross, Secretary, Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets 
      Devon Green, Special Counsel for Tax Legislation, Department of Taxes 
  2:15 PM Exempt Properties
      Jim Knapp, Interim Director, Division of Property Valuation and Review 
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Charlie Enscoe at censcoe@leg.state.vt.us or at 828-2253
 


Senate Committee on Government Operations (Room 4)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  1:45 PM S.37 - An act relating to requiring that lobbyists disclose conflicts of interest, to encouraging lobbyists to wear identification, and to creating a pilot project to livestream the proceedings of two committees
      Sen. Michael Sirotkin, ' 
      Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group 
      Steve McCloud, Lobbyist,  
      Andrew MacLean, Lobbyist, WCAX TV 
  2:30 PM Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Report
    Joint Hearing in Room 11 with House General, Housing & Military Affairs to hear VT National Guard's Legislative Report. 2:30 - 4:00pm
      Maj Gen Steven Cray, Adjutant General, Vermont National Guard 
      Angela Lakey, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator,  
      Doris Sumner, Chief Warrant Officer III, State Equal Employer Manager, Vermont National Guard 
      Colonel Ellen Abbott, Counsel, Vermont National Guard 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  2:00 PM Committee Discussion
    Rand Report
  2:30 PM S.37 - An act relating to requiring that lobbyists disclose conflicts of interest, to encouraging lobbyists to wear identification, and to creating a pilot project to livestream the proceedings of two committees
    Committee Discussion
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  1:30 PM Genuine Progress Indicator - GPI
      Jon Erickson, Managing Director, Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources 
  2:30 PM Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell decision
      Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, Attorney, Attorney General's Office 
  3:00 PM Break
  3:15 PM S.14 - An act relating to single dose, child-resistant packaging and labeling of marijuana-infused edible or potable products sold by a registered dispensary
      Michele Childs, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Jeffrey Wallin, Director, Public Safety, Vermont Criminal Information Center 
      Shayne Lynn, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc. 
      Monique McHenry, Executive Director, Patients Alliance 
      Virginia Renfrew, Lobbyist, Drug Policy Alliance Network 
  3:45 PM Vermont Spray/Neuter Program (VSNIP)
      Sue Skaskiw, Executive Director, VT volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society 
      Sean Brown, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Services Division, Department of Children & Families 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
  1:00 PM S.29 - An act relating to election day registration
      BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Hon. James Condos, Secretary of State,  
      Will Senning, Elections and Campaign Finance, Secretary of State's Office 
      Kate Rader, League of Woman Voters 
      Julia Michel, Energy & Democracy Advocate, VPIRG 
      Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group 
      John Odum, Montpelier City Clerk,  
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Cheryl Ewen at 828-2272
 


Senate Committee on Health and Welfare (Room 17)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Senate Floor
  -after the floor S.30 - An act relating to establishing a prospective payment system for home health services
    Walk through
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  - S.5 - An act relating to notification of individuals placed in hospital observation status
    Walk through
      Jenny Prosser, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council 
  10:45 AM S.27 - An act relating to equal reimbursement for chiropractic physicians
    Walk through
      Jenny Prosser, Law Clerk, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:00 AM Reports
    Reports due to Committee, Assignment of Reports and Gubernatorial Confirmations to Committee Members
      Jennifer Carbee, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Confidentiality
      Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
      Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families 
      John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  10:00 AM Break
  10:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Confidentiality- continued
      Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge 
  10:45 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Custody
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge 
      John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
      Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
      Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families 
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:00 AM Health Care Reform
    Joint Meeting with House Health Care in Room 11
      John Franco, Burlington 
      Traven Leyshon, Vermont Workers' Center 
      Peter Sterling, Executive Director, Vermont Leads 
      Deborah Richter MD,  
  10:00 AM Green Mountain Care Board
    Update
      Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board 
  11:20 AM Vermont Pharmacists Association
      James Marmar, Executive Director, Vermont Pharmacists Association 
      James Goddfrey, Vermont Pharmacists Association 
      Marty Irons, Vermont Pharmacists Association 
      Theo Kennedy, Lobbyist, Vermont Pharmacists Association 
  11:40 AM Housing
    Homelessness and Severe Mental Illness
      Hilary Melton, Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez, Assistant Director, Pathways Vermont 
      Erhard Mahnke, Executive Director, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition 
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  8:30 AM IT Training
      Michael Berry, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
      Albert Coccagna, User Support Specialist, Office of Legislative Council 
  9:15 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Overview of the Child Protection System
      Karen Shea, Child Protection & Field Operations Director, Department for Children and Families 
  10:15 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Substance Abuse and Parents
      Dr. John Brooklyn, Director, Methadone Program, HowardCenter 
      Anne Johnston, Neonatology, Vermont Children's Hospital 
      Jackie Corbally, Clinical Services Director, Department of Health 
      Kim Coe, Director, Residential and Community Treatment Programs, Lund 
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Agatha Kessler (802) 828-2271.
 


Senate Committee on Institutions (Room 7)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  1:30 PM Verbal Report on the Air Quality in the "Pink Lady" Building
      Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Bob Rea, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Mike Blanchet, Hygenist, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Stephen Klein, Chief Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office 
      Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  2:00 PM Field Trip to Waterbury Complex
    ~Tour, Joint with House Corrections & Institutions
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
  -15 minutes after the floor Capital Bill
    ~ Judiciary - Overview/Update Discussion
      Patricia Gable, State Court Administrator, Office of the Court Administrator 
      Matt Riven, Chief of Finance Administration, Office of the Court Administrator 
      Bob Rea, Regional Director, Eastern Region, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Jeff Loewer, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Court Administrator 
      Catherine Benham, Associate Fiscal Officer, Joint Fiscal Office 
  3:30 PM State House Security
    ~ Committee Discussion
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  1:00 PM Capital Bill
    ~ Randolph-Ariculture and Agency of Natural Resource Replacement Lab - Overview/Update Discussion
      Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources 
      Jolinda LaClair, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Agriculture 
      Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Dan Smith, President, Vermont State Colleges 
  2:00 PM Capital Bill
    Sec. 9 Clean Water
      David Mears, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation 
      Eric Blatt, Director of Facilities Engreening, Department of Environmental Conservation 
      Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
      Wanda Minoli, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Buildings & General Services 
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Penny Carpenter at 828-2278
 


Senate Committee on Judiciary (Room 1)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Senate Floor
  10:00 AM S.6 - An act relating to technical corrections to civil and criminal procedure statutes
    ~ Review new draft/re-vote
      Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      David Cahill, Executive Director, Department of State's Attorneys 
  10:30 AM S.13 - An act relating to the Vermont Sex Offender Registry
    ~ Mark up
      Erik FitzPatrick, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge 
      David Cahill, Executive Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs 
  12:00 PM Adjourn
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  8:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Joint hearing with Senate Health & Welfare, Room 10 ~ Confidentiality
      Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
      Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families 
      John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  10:00 AM Break
  10:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Confidentiality Continued
      Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge 
  10:45 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Custody
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Hon. Brian Grearson, Superior Court Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge 
      John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
      Kenneth Schatz, Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
      Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department of Children & Families 
  12:00 PM Adjourn
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  8:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Sec. 3 , pages 7 thru 8
      Marc Metayer, SIU Grants Program Manager, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs 
  9:00 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Sec. 2 pages 4 thru 6, Committee Discussion/Mark up
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  10:00 AM Break
  10:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Sec. 2, Pages 4 thru 6 ~ Continue Mark up/Committee Discussion
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  11:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Review re-draft of Sec. 3
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      John Treadwell, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 
  12:00 PM Adjourn
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  8:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    Sec. 7 & 8 Confidentiality
      Luke Martland, Director and Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Brynn Hare, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
      Hon. Brian Grearson, Chief Superior Judge, Office of Chief Superior Judge 
      Shari Young, Manager, Juvenile Court Improvement Program, Office of the Court Administrator 
      Leslie Wisdom, General Counsel, Department for Children and Families 
      Marshall Pahl, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office 
      Sara Puls, Appellate and Juvenile Defender, Defender General's Office 
      David Cahill, Executive Director, Department of State's Attorneys & Sheriffs 
      Cindy Walcott, Deputy Commissioner, Department for Children and Families 
  10:00 AM Break
  10:30 AM S.9 - An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect
    ~ Sec. 7 & 8 Confidentiality
      Kurt Kuehl, General Counsel, Department of Corrections 
      Ingrid Jonas, Captain of Support Services, Public Safety Department 
      Joel Cook, Director, Vermont National Education Association 
  11:00 AM Supreme Court Letter/Proposed Language
      Patricia Gable, Court Administrator,  
      James Reardon, Commissioner, Department of Finance & Management 
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Penny Carpenter at 828-2278
 


Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy (Room 8)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM FLOOR
  10:00 AM Overview
    Public Service Board
      Jim Volz, Chair, Public Service Board 
  10:30 AM Overview
    Natural Resources Board
      Ronald Shems, Chair, Natural Resources Board 
  11:00 AM S.49 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Bill Walk-Through
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  12:00 AM Adjourn
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Overview
    State Treasurer's Office
      Beth Pearce, State Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer 
      Stephen Wisloski, Deputy Treasurer, Office of the State Treasurer 
  9:30 AM Overview
    VEDA - Vermont Economic Development Authority
      Jo Bradley, Director, Vermont Economic Development Authority 
  10:00 AM Overview
    Vermont Natural Resources Council
      Brian Shupe, Executive Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council 
  10:15 AM Break
  10:30 AM S.49 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Bill Walk-Through Continued
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  12:00 PM Adjourn
  1:00 PM FLOOR
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM S.49 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Continue Bill Walk-Through
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  10:15 AM Break
  10:30 AM Overview
    Vermont League of Cities and Towns
      Karen Horn, Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns 
  10:45 AM Overview
    Conservation Law Foundation
      Chris Kilian, Director, Conservation Law Foundation 
  11:00 AM Overview
    Regional Planning Commissions
      Peter Gregory, Executive Director, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission 
  11:30 AM Overview
    Vermont Planners Association
      Sharon Murray, Legislative Liaison, Vermont Planners Association 
  11:45 AM Committee Discussion
  12:00 PM Adjourn
  1:00 PM FLOOR
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:00 AM S.49 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
    Continue walk-through of bill
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  10:15 AM Break
  10:30 AM S.49 - An act relating to improving the quality of State waters
      Michael O'Grady, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:30 PM FLOOR
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Katie Pickens at 828-2501
 


Senate Committee on Transportation (Room 3)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  9:30 AM Senate Floor
  10:00 AM Agency of Transportation
    Municipal Assistance Bureau Budget
      Sue Scribner, Municipal Assistance Bureau Director, Agency of Transportation 
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  9:00 AM Annual Report
    Vermont Transportation Board
      John Zicconi, Executive Secretary, Transportation Board 
      Nicola Marro, Chair, Transportation Board 
  10:00 AM Agency of Transportation
    Bridge Program Budget
      Wayne Symonds, Bridge Program Manager, Agency of Transportation 
      Pam Thurber, Bridge Management & Inspection Engineer, Agency of Transportation 
  11:00 AM Vermont League of Cities & Towns
    Funding for Municipal Highway Lake Cleanup Effort
      Steve Jeffrey, Executive Director, Vermont League of Cities and Towns 
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
 
Thursday, January 29, 2015
  9:00 AM Agency of Transportation
    Rail Program & Budget
      Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation 
      Daniel Delabruere, Rail Program Manager, Agency of Transportation 
  10:00 AM Illegal Driver's Licenses
      Drew Bloom, Captain, Department of Motor Vehicles 
      Michael Smith, Operations Division Director, Department of Motor Vehicles 
  11:00 AM Agency of Transportation
      Jesse Devlin, Roadway, Paving & Traffic Programs Manager, Agency of Transportation 
  1:00 PM Senate Floor
 
Friday, January 30, 2015
  9:00 AM Agency of Transportation
    Aviation Program & Budget
      Michele Boomhower, Director, Policy, Planning & Intermodal Dev. Div., Agency of Transportation 
      Guy Rouelle, Aviation Program Manager, Agency of Transportation 
  10:30 AM Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Bill
      Helena Gardner, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council 
  11:30 AM Senate Floor
 
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Ken Bruno at 828-2254
 


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